Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, spend time working or studying abroad and learn to understand the subtleties of communication. Students with little or no knowledge of Russian follow a special two-year ab initio track taking them beyond A-level standard. You then progress to the year abroad in Year 3, returning for a final year and finishing in four years. Students who already have an A-level in Russian or an equivalent qualification, go straight into Russian I. Each year you receive a large amount of language tuition designed to bring your competence in understanding and expressing yourself to as high a level as possible. Students take modules in Russian literature, thought and film to enrich their feel for the language. We also encourage you to take modules in History and other disciplines where there is a strong interest in Russia. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual play, performed in Russian. Combining a language with business and management broadens your scope, giving you a greater range of skills to draw on in your future career. The business modules focus on organisations and their operations, and span both public and private sectors. In your language studies you follow core modules designed to help you develop your linguistic skills, and also live for a year in a country where your chosen language is spoken. This can be spent either studying or taking up a work placement.